Tag: leadership

Leaders vs Followers

Followers accept
Leaders question

Followers get along with everyone
Leaders challenge everyone

Followers give you respect
Leaders make you earn their respect

Followers take the main road
Leaders take the road less traveled

Followers are content
Leaders stay hungry

Followers are afraid to fail
Leaders know they will fail before they succeed

Followers are afraid of change
Leaders welcome change

Followers think
Leaders do

Followers make others follow
Leaders inspire other leaders

Followers follow
Leaders lead

10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader

This is an old post that my good friend Josh Green shared with me some time ago. I find myself always looking back on this list to see what qualities I can improve on for myself or the people around me.

Tony Morgan from www.TonyMorganLive.com gives us 10 simple clues not on spotting good leaders, but spotting bad leaders.

Is there anything else you think we could add to this list?

10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader

  1. You’re waiting on a bigger staff and more money to accomplish your vision.
  2. You think you need to be in charge to have influence.
  3. You’re content.
  4. You tend to foster division instead of generating a helpful dialogue.
  5. You think you need to say something to be heard.
  6. You find it easier to blame others for your circumstances than to take responsibility for solutions.
  7. It’s been some time since you said, “I messed up.”
  8. You’re driven by the task instead of the relationships and the vision.
  9. Your dreams are so small, people think they can be achieved.
  10. No one is following you.

A Wish for Leaders

A Wish for Leaders…

I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion, and then have it magnificently successful. I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have something “bomb out.”

I wish you could know how it feels “to run” with all your heart and lose… horribly. I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except you.

I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life within it.

I hope you become so frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations.

I hope you make a stupid mistake and get caught red handed and are big enough to say those magic words: “I was wrong.”

I hope you give so much of yourself that some days you wonder if its worth the effort.

I wish for you a magnificent obsession that will give you reason for living and purpose and direction and life.

I wish for you the worst kind of criticism for everything you do, because that makes you fight to achieve beyond what you normally would.

I wish for you the experience of leadership.

-Earl Reum

Cocky Sonofa…


Is there such a thing? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds”
– Albert Einstein.

This quote has played a very big role in my own self esteem and can really be very positive, while being very egotistical and counter-productive at the same time.

I often reflect back to Bill Gates when he decided to drop out of Harvard in order to pursue his dreams. Imagine what his guidance councilor’s reaction to this was? I have so many different scenarios playing in my head, most of which involves the councilor calling Bill F-ing crazy, insane and absolutely idiotic, not necessarily in that order. Bill Gates, and anyone who walks the halls of Harvard, is pretty much guaranteed a six figure income right off the bat. Yet, Bill decided to take the chance, follow his own heart and do his own thing. Today, he is the most financially secure person in the world, to say the least.

But of course, we have to be realistic. We always hear about the amazing success stories but there are probably 10 (or more) failures for every victory. So how can one balance out between having our heads in the clouds but our feet on the ground?

Personally, I’ve always leaned toward taking the chance. Every mistake you make is one that you will learn from. Every mistake you make is one less mistake you will repeat.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one”
–Elbert Hubbard.

Yes this may sound too aggressive and outlandish, and yes it is so much easier said than done, especially when you consider having to invest your life savings into your new widget. But I’m not talking about gambling when the odds are stacked in the favor of the casino, no, not gambling, but taking calculated risks in life. There are ways to plan things out, to stack the odds in your favor.

The best way to point yourself in the right direction is to do EVERYTHING you can to ensure success. There are so many other factors that are out of your hands, and those are meant to be left alone. However, aspects that you can control should be researched, planned, understood, structured, studied, debated, marinated, contemplated, practiced, innovated, re-contemplated and any other buzzword you could think of! Oh, and do come up with a plans A, B, C and D.

So far, you need to have confidence and believe in yourself then do everything you can to head towards the right direction. What’s next? *Now what?* (*refer back to previous blog post.)

“Now”, you have to listen.

Listening is a virtue. It’s so easily said, so frequently misused and too often forgotten.

Overconfidence only happens, when one forgets to listen. When one tunes out everyone else and only hears what you want to hear. You don’t have to agree or disagree with anyone, but you have to listen.

How do you listen? Well you need to be patient with the people who give you advice, but be careful whose advice you take.

There’s one more really, really important thing I need to tell you, which would pretty much make everything I said make so much more sense… it is the key to balancing your confidence….. it is something that one of my greatest mentors had taught me…. Umm it goes something like….. ummmm….. I can’t really remember it….. ahhhhh I wasn’t really listening….

“Creativity at Work: Careers for the Practicing Creative” by the Ateneo Alumni Association Speakers Bureau

If you are the creative type and would like to get paid to for being creative, then you cannot miss “Creativity at Work”.

This is the 5th Speakers Bureau of the Ateneo Alumni Association and is open to the public – Ateneans and non-Ateneans alike … including LaSallites!

You’ll be hearing from top practicing creatives Dave Ferrer from JWT Manila and Tonypet Sarmiento of Ace, Saatchi and Saatchi as well as the Voice Master himself, Pocholo Gonzales and yours truly – DJ Vince.

Entrance fee is only P100.00 and is waived for AAA members.

This is on Saturday September 18, 1-5pm at Escaler Hall SEC A at the Ateneo de Manila Campus.

There are limited slots only so please reserve early.  Email Jesica@ateneoalumniassociation.org or log on to ateneoalumniassociation.org.  You may also text (0928)521-2283 to reserve.

They’ll be raffling off special prizes during the talk so be sure to come on time!

I hope to see a lot of you there!

VERY excited to be one of the speakers for the 5th Ateneo Alumni Association Speakers Bureau event titled – “Creativity at Work: Careers for the Practicing Creative.”

More info below…

The 5th Ateneo Alumni Association  Speakers Bureau

Creativity at Work: Careers for the practicing creative

Listen to award winning advertising hall of famers, a free-lance practicing creative, and the man known as the Voice Master, as they share their journey toward excellence in their field.

Dave Ferrer

(ADMU GS 83, HS 87), Executive Creative Director of JWT Manila, is a multi- awarded creative in the advertising industry. He has won in several international shows, The One Show, The Clios, Adfest,  and Media Spikes. He has picked up three Lions from the prestigious Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, Gold (2007), Silver (2005) and Bronze (2010). He continues to be chosen as a jury member in these international awards shows. He was in the Radio Jury of Cannes Lions in 2009 and New York Festival in June 2010. He is also a recipient of the 2008 Creative Guild Hall of Fame award. Most recently, he was one of the recipients of 2010 Philippines Graphic Media Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Awards.

Tony Sarmiento

(ADMU GS HS Col), served as Regional Creative Director for the Global Business Unit at Grey Worldwide in Malaysia and is now VP for integration at Ace, Saatchi & Saatchi.  Tony has been a member of Campaign Brief Asia’s Regional Creative Rankings list for the past 6 years and has been recognized in international shows like the Clios, The One Show, Cannes, The Asian Direct Marketing Awards, Asia Pacific Advertising Festival, The Asian Advertising Awards and the Malaysian Kancils. He has also won in the Creative Guild, the Philippine Ad Congress, The Young Boomerangs, The Araw Values and the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Vince Golangco

Graduated from San Diego State University and has amassed over 10 years of international experience in marketing, advertising and creative writing. He served as an Information Systems Technician in the United States Navy, was a Marketing & Development Coordinator at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Senior Media Planner for Bright Box Media and more. Today, Vince is a radio DJ for Mellow 94.7, the host of the TV show “Tek Tok TV” (Tech Talk TV) on Destiny Cable’s Global News Network (GNN) and is the Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of WheninManila.com.  Vince is also a freelance columnist, events host and professional speaker who talks about: Personal Branding, Leadership, the Power of the Internet and more. Connect with Vince on Twitter.com/VinceGolangco

Pocholo Gonzales

Otherwise known as the VoiceMaster, is the master of Voice.  He is a voice director, reporter, broadcaster, host, writer, translator and voice actor, having done voice acting in numberous commercials, telenovelas, tv animations and movie animations such as Dayo.  He also does voice impressions and has won an award at the Ad Congress for his work.  He is currently the dubbing director for HERO TV and Cinema One.

The Ateneo Alumni Association presents

The 5th Speakers Bureau: Creativity at Work

Veritas Room, Ateneo Professional Schools, Rockwell Center

September 18, 2010

Emcee: Fritz Capulong


12:45-1:15pm Registration
1:15-1:30pm Opening Ceremonies

Invocation: Carla Buan, Speakers Bureau Committee Head

National Anthem

Welcome remarks: Ike Reyes, Alumnus and Representative of Alveo Land

1:30-1:35pm Introduction to topic: Rick Olivares
1:35-1:50pm Speaker 1: Dave Ferrer, JWT Manila (Advertising)
1:50-2:40pm Speaker 2: Pocholo Gonzales, Voice Master (Entertainment)
2:40-3:30pm Speaker 3: Vince Golangco, Tek Tok TV, 94.7FM, wheninmanila.com (Media)
3:30-4:35pm Speaker 4: Tony Sarmiento, Ace, Saatchi & Saatchi (Advertising)
4:35-4:50pm Open forum led by: Fritz Capulong (moderator)

Recognition of participants: Carla Buan and Fritz Capulong

Brief summary of main points: Fritz Capulong

Q & A

Brief recap: Fritz Capulong

4:50-5:00pm Closing Ceremony

Presentation of tokens and plaques: Fritz Capulong, AR Ticzon and Carla Buan

Closing remarks: Rick Olivares

If you wish to submit questions for the Open Forum, you may write it in this space and submit to the Emcee

Saturday, September 18, 2010     2:00-5:00 pm

Ateneo Graduate School of Business #20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City, 1200 Philippines Tel. Nos.: (63) 2 899-7691 to 96; 729-2000

Open to all.   Entrance Fee: P100

Waived for upon presentation of valid AAA membership card

Reserve your slot early.  Send your name, mobile number and email to jesica@ateneoalumniassociation.org.

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